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Meat Marinade Recipes to Compliment Flavor

Meat Marinade Recipes are created with the particular cut of meat being the most important thing to consider. Marinades should compliment the flavor of meat, not cover it up.
A good marinade also can act as a meat tenderizer when the right ingredients are used.
For great flavor and meat tenderizing action, at least one acidic ingredient needs to be used. Some acids that can be used in meat marinade recipes include: citrus juice, vinegar, yogurt, wine, or various mixtures of these acids.

Here are some basic use and safety guidlines when using marinades:

-Never marinade meat for longer than 24 hours. It can start to break down and create other unwanted tastes.
-Use either a glass or stainless steel container, or a zipper bag to marinade meat. Never use an aluminum container.
-Always marinating meat in the refrigerator.
-Never directly reuse marinade. You can use it to make sauces for the meat, but it must be boiled first. The best thing is to make enough of it before the meat goes in to make a sauce.

Try these meat marinade recipes for different kinds of cuts of meat.

This is a Grilled Chicken Marinade that uses Dr. Pepper and Worcestershire sauce for its acidic ingredients.

1 14.5 ounce can pureed tomatoes
1/4 cup diced onions
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 12 ounce can Dr. Pepper

Place tomatoes, onions, Worcestershire sauce, allspice, salt, and peppers in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the Dr. Pepper. This makes about 4 cups of marinade.

This is one of the simplest meat marinade recipes for Beef. The soy sauce gives it an Asian twist.

3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely diced
1 tablespoon parsley

Mix together and pour over beef. Let marinade overnight for up to 24 hours. Makes 6 cups.

Here's a nice Pork Marinade Recipe with a spicy kick

2 cups of red wine vinegar
4 cups of water
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 diced jalapenos
1 tablespoons of salt
1 teaspoon allspice

Stir all ingredients together to blend. Use pork chops or a pork roast and marinade for up to 24 hours.

Meat Marinade recipes are very flexible. And as always in grilled and barbequed foods, add ingredients you like to the recipes that you think might give a good added taste to the meat.

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